City of Balan
Balan was founded long ago, by an alliance of people who fled from the wars between the Humans and the Elves. They found a rather secluded area, behind a mountain, and settled there. Peace reigned in Balan, and the population grew, as more and more refugees fled the war and came to live there.
However, this period of peace did not last long. The other powers in the world of Ancient Anguish soon discovered Balan, and they plundered the city, burning it to the ground. The citizens of Balan despised violence, and being the pacifist farmers they were, had no means to defend themselves.
One of the survivors, named Kor, declared himself King of Balan. He argued that Balan would need a powerful military. Not to attack, but to defend the city against any possible aggressors.
Most of the survivors flocked to Kor's banner, and soon, the new Balan rose from the ashes. The new Balan was heavily fortified, and hardy guards protected the city from raiding parties. The people of Balan were thus able to continue their peaceful existence, not bothered by the aggression of the world outside.
Kor was elected King of Balan, and he established the House of Balan-Kor. Because Balan is a democracy, a new King is elected when a King dies. But to this day, the House of Balan-Kor still rules Balan.
Presently, Balan has managed to survive and withstand military and political pressure from their mightier and less enlightened neighbors: the Elves to the South, and Drin Trueheart to the North.
Balan still maintains its rigid security force, and throughout the city, guards can be seen patrolling, night and day. Crime is not tolerated, and anyone who attacks a citizen of Balan is relentlessly persecuted.
King Albalachalabal is the present ruler of Balan. He can trace his lineage straight back to Kor. He maintains a strict but benevolent rule over Balan and its surroundings.
Recently, a fierce monster has taken residence in a nearby mountain cave. The Balan security force, trained for defending the city, finds itself ill-equipped to deal with this new menace. King Albalachalabal has issued a call for brave adventurers to confront the monster.
Balan is located just west, and slightly north of Tantallon.